Oblong folio, 23.7 x 30 cm, full calf binding. The manuscript is notated in a pre-ruled music book with printed staves of the same type as CWJHA/19/1. Some pages have been cut out post binding. The inside front cover is signed "Ann Cooper," below which appear "Ann" and a further practice signature or pen trial.
The manuscript consists of solo keyboard music and songs. The repertoire appears in printed publications from the 1740s and early to mid-1750s. Item 2 (images 009-013) is dated 1754 by the copyist; items 3 (images 014-015) and 4 (images 016-022) are dated 1755. Blank pages in the centre of the manuscript (images 036 and 043) include notes of lessons in 1782 and 1783; another page (image 057) notes the price of harpsichord tuning once per quarter beginning in 1785. Ann Cawley, née Cooper (1736-1787) was the sister of Rev. Edward Cooper, who was married to Jane Leigh, sister of Cassandra Austen, née Leigh (Jane Austen's mother). Sometime in the winter of 1782-83 (likely around March 1783), Jane Austen, her sister Cassandra and cousin Jane Cooper were sent to Oxford to be taught by Mrs Cawley, and the book probably came into the Austen family near that time. The initial hand, used for items from the 1750s, matches the principal hand of CHWJA/19/1, and may belong to Ann Cawley. The manuscript includes pieces in several further hands, as well as juvenile exercises similar to those in CHWJA/19/1, which may date from Jane and Cassandra Austen's early musical education in Mrs Cawley's care.
A full bibliographic record is available from the University of Southampton Library catalogue
Ownership and current location: Richard Jenkyns, private collection.
Literature: Piggott 1979; Gillaspie 1987; Gillaspie c.1990; Elizabeth Boardman, "Mrs Cawley and Brasenose College," in Report of the Jane Austen Society for 2003 (Collected Reports of the Jane Austen Society 2001-2005, Winchester: Jane Austen Society, 2005), 201-08; Carrasco 2013.